Micrium and Texas Instruments Announce Embedded System Design Book at ESC Silicon Valley

SAN JOSE, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — April 27, 2010 — The use of Texas Instruments’ Stellaris® LM3S9B92 and uC/OS-III, Micrium’s real-time kernel in embedded systems designs just became more accessible with the introduction of uC/OS-III: The Real-Time Kernel, a two-part book announced today at ESC Silicon Valley. The book consists of two complete parts. The first describes real-time kernels in generic terms. Part II provide examples for the reader, using Texas Instruments’ EVALBOT, a small, robotic evaluation board provides everything necessary for a reader to be up and running quickly, as well as an enjoyable and educational experience.

“At Micrium, we try to find ways to make an engineer’s task easier within an embedded environment that continues to grow in complexity,” said Jean Labrosse, Micrium president and CEO. “This book and the companion evaluation board from Texas Instruments places into the hands of the embedded designer all of the tools necessary to be up to speed rapidly with the Stellaris LM3S9B92 and uC/OS-III.”

The book represents an in-depth description of the internals of the uC/OS-III real-time kernel. Micrium and Texas Instruments provide examples on the use of uC/OS-III and the Stellaris LM3S9B92 in Part II of the book. The ‘hands on” aspect includes access to uC/TCP-IP, uC/FS (File System), and uC/Probe, which enables the user to “see” the results of their code running in real time.

The EVALBOT is a small robotic device that features a board with a Stellaris® LM3S9B92 Cortex-M3 microcontroller, 10/100 Ethernet, connector, USB OTG (On-The-Go), and I2S. The kit contains wheels that are easy to attach to the board, a display, batteries, a USB cable, and a CD with the IAR tools, the StellarisWare software, and all the documentation required. Software examples provided with EVALBOT demonstrate how to initialize µC/OS-III and create simple tasks, how to use the µC/Probe to monitor and change application variables, as well as basic motion control functions using the robot.

According to Paul Kimelman, TI’s chief architect of Stellaris M3/M4, “Texas Instruments’ Stellaris(R) family of microcontrollers, the first Cortex™-M3 implementation, was a natural fit for μC/OS-III. As StellarisWare(R) added advanced communication facilities, μC/OS-III was quick to support these capabilities, greatly increasing the productivity of application developers by providing a stable base for development and allowing them to focus on their actual applications instead of middleware. I look forward to μC/OS-III taking advantage of even more capabilities of Cortex™-M3/M4 and Stellaris(R) products over the next few years.”

The official release date for the book is May 1, 2010, and the ISBN number is: ISBN 978-0-9823375-6-1. The book is available at Micrium’s bookstore at: http://store.micrium.com and the complete set can be purchased at the TI e-store at www.ti-estore.com. Pre-availability orders are currently being taken. Discount coupons will be available at the TI ESC booth, #1809.

About Micrium

Micrium provides the highest quality and easies to implement embedded software components. Micrium’s uC/OS-II, uC/OS-III, and its complete line of software shortens time to market throughout all product development cycles. Micrium helps its customers build products that address today’s increased design complexity. For additional information, please visit: www.micrium.com.


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